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Review/Recap: Batwoman – How Queer Everything Is Today S1E10

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When Kate was pulled out of Gotham to help save the multiverse for Crisis on Infinite Earths, much like Black Lightning, she was dealing with some pretty heavy stuff. Her twin sister, the villainess currently known as Alice, was on a mission to destroy everyone in her life, and to an extent in Gotham,  but her. Her stepmother was dead, her stepsister was forcing her to choose a side, her dad was in handcuffs after a stellar frame job and,  the city going to the Arkham ready psychos. While the biggest thing that Kara had to worry about was working for Lex Luthor in a world where people thought he was a good guy, Batwoman had to return to her world and it was literally falling apart to such a degree that Crisis felt like a vacation.

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Queer picks up with Kate riding a badass BatHarley to save a train full of passengers, some of whom are just trying to see Jagged Little Pill after the breaks were cut. After the rescue is complete a cop “saves” her and now she can’t get rid of him or the shipping that the press keeps doing. Alice is having a tea party at the cemetery and semi-vandalizing her dead stepmother’s gravestone while her boyfriend tries to bring her back to reality because he knows something she won’t see, that the twins are never, ever, ever getting back together.

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A new threat is looming and it’s an animated puppy avatar cyber-terrorist who’s holding the city’s digital secrets hostage unless his crowdfunding drive to the tune of five million dollars is received by Friday at midnight. Kate spends a lot of the episode trying to come to terms with all of the parts of her that she is hiding to save not only her secret identity but, the city. While Kate is all about hunting the hacker, who is hiding out at her old prep school, Mary is trying to save the only parent that she has left from being wrongfully convicted of killing her mother. Both of the girls have a very valid mission in the episode but, with all of the secrets keeping them apart it’s quite possible that all the work Kate has been doing to keep Mary safe might be for nothing. Batwoman finds the hacker and discovers that she’s just a scared school girl, Parker, who was upset after her ex outed her to her super religious parents and she just wanted the money to escape. Kate finds herself mask on staring into a mirror, realizing that hiding who she is might be bad, not just for her but, for everyone.  Alice kidnaps Parker and of course, Batwoman comes to the rescue and to save Parker, she takes off her mask. Finding out that Batwoman is the “super gay” Kate, makes Parker feel a sense of loyalty, not just to The Bat but, she doesn’t want to be responsible for outing everyone after what happened to her when she was outed. But, Kate tells her that it is OK and so Parker sends a mass text out to everyone and turns the tables on Alice, handcuffing her and trying to get her to tell her how to diffuse the bomb she planted at the school. Kate lets her know that she is dead to her and with sirens blazing in the background, Alice discovers that Parker didn’t do what she asked, she sent one text to Alice and another one to everyone else in the building, warning them that there was a bomb in the building, giving them time to escape. When everything is said and done and Alice ends up in an interrogation room in Sophie’s care, Batwoman comes out as a lesbian because she knows that there is more than one Parker out there and, and she goes to hug Mary because she didn’t know how else to be there for her and, she wants to be there for everyone in Gotham in every way that she can. The episode ends with a twist that I can’t wait to see unravel next week, Beth is back, just in time for her and Kate’s birthday and she has no clue who Alice is and since we know all about Crisis, we know that this can all unfold in a lot of different ways.

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Batwoman and Supergirl play on Sunday night and they run back to back, with Supergirl raising the darkness meter and Batwoman holding steady, they go together like PB & J which is a good thing. Batwoman sticks to her paragons ethos and is still a crusader of courage and she’s willing to go against anyone who is against the greater, common good.  Kate’s character remains consistent and the writing remains pop-culture heavy (even crossing brands) and well written, showing every side of the human condition. Out of all of the episodes that I have seen since the pilot, this one is my favorite. It showed how dark people can get when they are afraid of being exposed, how rational people can act irrationally when they’re afraid of their life being upturned. Queer was an emotional and realistic take on things, the lighting kept you uneasy and the directing and camera work made you feel like you were a fly on the wall stuck in voyeur position which made this an interesting experience and an entertaining watch. I also loved how they slid a pretty realistic “Representation Matters” monologue into the script, it was just honest enough to avoid being too cliched and it didn’t come off as pandering or out of place. I really hope that we see more of Parker, she’s a talented young woman and when Batwoman gives her to offer to come see her if she needs to talk, I hope she takes her up on it because statistically speaking, having even one supportive adult in an LGBTQ+ kids life ups their chances of surviving and staying alive. I also loved how Parker’s face lit up when she discovered that the Gotham’s hero was just like her, it gave her hope and that’s what everyone in Gotham and, in the world out here needs.

Overall Rating: 9.3

Review/Recap: Supergirl – The Bottle Episode S5E10

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The official midseason premiere of Supergirl picks up after the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Kara is disgusted with Lex and her being known worldwide as collaborators and she wants to come clean with Lena upfront this time so that their friendship can be open and honest but, she doesn’t know that Lena escaped the Crisis with her memory untouched. While Lex tries to bring Lena into the fold she and her unwiped mind let him in on the fact that no one seems to remember the Leviathan is still out there. Brainiac 5 meets another Brainiac 5 in what appears to be an side effect of the Crisis and in attempting to bring the alterna Brainiac to Alex at the DEO, he finds himself in a room full of Brainiac 5’s including a female one who is head of the DEO.

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Kara’s attempt to come clean to Lena is met with exactly the opposition you’d expect but, ever the Paragon of Hope, Supergirl still believes that she can get their friendship back and they can work together to save the world. Back at the DEO someone is wiping out the Brainiacs with a biosynthetic virus and the Brainiacs have all converged on Earth-Prime and Brainiac Prime lets them all know that all the multiverses are dead. Lex summons Supergirl and Alex to his office to make his version of a peace pact and give each other an update on where all of Earth Prime’s threats stand.

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Meanwhile, at Al’s Bar the Brainiac’s learn that all of Al’s Bar was a wormhole site and when the universes merged all of the people in Al’s Bar’s across the multiverse were transported to Earth-Prime. We also find out that Lex’s mom is back too and since Lena is on the loose looking for a partner so she goes to mommy dearest who tells her to chose Lex over Kara because she will never trust Lex, so he can never hurt her. Alex is having a big problem, understandably, about working for Lex and goes to J’onn J’onzz for help who tells her to follow her heart and do what she thinks is right even if it’s “wrong”. The female Braniac 5 is up to something and at first glance appears to be working for the Leviathan, or at least very interested in what is going on with them. She finds Brainiac 5  to find out what’s going on with him and learns about his personality inhibitors and attempts to change him. Lady Brainiac (Kor-El) attempts to get him to reconnect to the big brain while one of the other Brainiac’s is visited by Nia who catches him holding on to a bottle that contains the 7 billion souls that he has contained to save them and wants to open his universe in Prime. Nia alerts Brainiac Prime, and Supergirl about what is going on and they come to her aid but Earth Bottling Brainiac is already on the move, and he’s the one who is killing the Brainiac’s who try and stop him.

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The bottling Brainy wants to open his world but, doing so would destroy both worlds and while the Brainy collective, Supergirl and Alex think that they have more time because the only saber using Argonium 44 that he can use to open it has been destroyed. Andrea Roja’s mentor is trying to convince her to extend her Obsidian tech idea to basically, turn everyone into the people sent off-world in Wall-E. Brainiac Prime is reliving some painful childhood memories that explain how he came to possess his three-dot inhibitors and how he is unable to take them off because he fears that he may have evil within him. While having their heart to heart with Supergirl they realize that the witches who released reign in “our” world but, who are benign in ours after the Big Al’s Wormhole Merge Bar Party are capable of opening the bottle and that’s Bottle Brainiacs only play.

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Nia, Supergirl and Brainiac Prime show up at the bar in time to catch the Bottle Brainy and his new collection of helpful witches about to open the bottle. During what can only be described as the a campily beautiful bar fight to N’Sync’s “It’s Gonna Be Me,” Brainiac Prime finds himself unable to win against Bottle Brainy with Nia’s encouragement and love he decides to take off the inhibitors, allowing him to connect with Bottle Brainy and together they stop him from opening the bottle. One of the witches comes to her senses and decides that it is better for them all to wait for a solution to everyone’s new world problems and trust Brainiac Prime and his friends. Prime then encases the witches and Bottle Brainy in his universe bottle in an act of mercy and compassion until they can safely release them home.

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The remaining two Brainiacs decide to go back into the Big Brain since they aren’t needed on this planet. Lady Kor-El stays behind a bit to warn Brainiac Prime that he needs to abandon his friends and Nia and work with Lex Luthor if he is to save the last remaining world. She knows this because fighting Lex is what took her world down the road to ruin and Brainiac prime is now stuck with secret information that will undoubtedly have effects that ripple throughout the remainder of this season. Lex and Lena agree to join forces after they state their terms while Lex is bound with truth manacles which are bound to make things awkward for Supergirl and the rest of the DOE team. Brainiac breaks up with Nia and all of our hearts break because while we know why he’s doing it, it doesn’t make it sting less, especially when we’re sure that there has to be another way. While the rest of the team prepares to stand against Lex, Brainiac Prime offers Lex his services and they head off to collect The Toymaker (our boy Wynn is back) who came through the wormhole and was arrested ( a nice callback to the toy monkey they found in the lost & found box at Al’s).

Overall, Episode 10 was the only logical way to show the ripples of the merge and the overreaching effects that the events of Crisis caused. While our heroes remain mostly OK, even Lex got to keep the people that he “loved”, other planets and people were not so lucky and while they may not know what they are missing there is still a hole. As a stand-alone episode in what I’m sure will be a multi-layered storyline with a lot of intricate moving pieces, this was a nice part of the puzzle. I am a huge fan of this new, all-inclusive, dark direction that Supergirl (and the DC shows on the CW) have taken and if this is what a post-Crisis Prime looks like, I’m here for it.

Overall: 8.7

Recap/Review: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 5 – DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

Just when you think you’re out, DC on the CW pulls you back in. In the Crisis Crossover finale it’s the fall out from the repercussions of what has happened.

Kara wakes up in her own bed feeling relaxed at least until Dazzler tells her to get to work. Kara rushes down just in time to see Lex Luthor getting a Nobel Peace Prize and unfortunately she’s the only person who remembers, at least until she bumps into J’onn at work. It seems like only the Paragons remember what happened and know that all of the Earth’s have been merged thanks to Oliver’s ultimate sacrifice.

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In Central City a couple of utility workers discover a passed out Nash (a Pariah depending on how things went down) and in Star City, Sara is having a bunch of meshed memories, on her way to meet Roy. J’onn J’onzz shows up to fill Sara in and mind-meld with Ray to catch him up as he has done with every other DC superhero and their teams in this combined Prime Earth. Once everyone is gathered and celebrating being in the same universe as all of their super friends, old and new, they discover that Oliver didn’t survive the battle with the Anti-Monitor and they all have to grieve his loss a second time.

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After fighting off some rogue Shadow Monsters the not dead Anti-Monitor is forced into a perpetually shrinking state of existence ending that threat, for now. The episode ends with a memorial funeral for Oliver in the Hall of Justice with Batwoman, Flash, Sara, Black Lightning, Atom, Supergirl, and Superman and now that they have a cohesive universe in Prime Earth the beginning of the Super Friends with a seat reserved for their fallen savior and friend, the Green Arrow. We also see an empty cage and a banana, which means we might get to see the Wonder Twins and him at some point on any of the shows. We also see that there still might be other Earths that include Stargirl, a nice tie in for her upcoming CW/DC Universe show.

Overall this episode was pure fire, it’s a fun romp through memory lane and filled us with hope for the DC Universe on the CW as well as one cohesive universe where all of our faves can join forces at any time. I binge-watched all five episodes in order and, in my honest opinion, I felt like it was more of a movie. More so than anything that DC has put on the big screen. It was beautifully acted, wonderfully acted, and directed with such a cohesive, brilliant eye that I forgot to make dinner or use the bathroom because I couldn’t take my eyes off of the screen. The episode left an open door for some amazing one-off crossovers and made me genuinely excited for shows like Arrow and Flash, that I haven’t watched them since the first season.

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The five arc crossover was the hard reset that the CW and DC needed to bring back old fans into the fold, engage new fans and possibly up the numbers on some of the shows that may have had some ratings issues.

The arc gave those of us who only watch one or two of the CW’s offerings a chance to get to know what else the CW offers and get us invested in all of the shows. As someone who checked out on a few of the CW shows, I have a newfound interest in some of the characters and a desire to hit the CW app on my Apple TV to play catch up so I can become a regular viewer of all of their DC shows across the board.

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This season premiere was a fitting return for my DC/CW Bae, Legends of Tomorrow and was so well written that I forgot about all of the things that I was excited about while I awaited their return. It tied up all the loose ends that the previous Crisis episodes left open and established a new world full of exciting possibilities. Crisis was an emotional roller coaster filled with love and loss, hope, and passion and it’s worth a five-hour binge watch on the CW app because, in my opinion, that enhances the amazing experience. The “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover made a true believer in the DC/CW franchise and I can’t wait to see more.

Overall Rating: 9.7

Recap: Crisis on Infinite Earths 4 – Arrow

After a long hiatus for the holidays, “Crisis on Infinite Earths” picks up on Planet Maltus Ten Thousand Years Ago where we meet the Monitor and his wife as he prepares for a temporal jump trial. We learn a bit of backstory about how he’s just a time traveler and she is the Monitor. He lands in the temporal zone at the dawn of time but his presence releases radiation and corrupts the zone. His time jump breached the wall and he ends up in the Anti-Universe and discovers the Anti-him, realizing his mistake he recognizes humanity’s doom.

In the “present” a bearded Ryan, Sara the Paragon of Destiny, J’onn J’onzz the Paragon of Honor, and the rest of the paragons along with the never supposed to be there Lex try to stay alive and save the multiverse while Barry, the paragon of love is MIA. Everyone has lost the virtue they were supposed to bring back and it seems like all hope is lost. The machine Lex and Ryan have been working on doesn’t seem to work and Barry returns after trying to find a way out. Even the Speed Force was useless and there is no way out.

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In Purgatory on Earth 666, Oliver is getting some guru training to prepare him for the ultimate fight against the Anti-Monitor and he’s finally ready to join his friends, which might be perfect timing because the rest of the team is getting ready to rip each other apart when he shows up and announces that the Speed Force is the only way out. But, since Oliver is dead and his soul didn’t join his body in the Lazarus Pit, it’s more of a Spectre Oliver. Since the multiverse is gone, and only the anti-multiverse remains, Barry lets SO unlock his full potential to use the Speed Force to run the Paragons (Kara, Lex and Ryan) to the point where the Novu and Mar created the Anti-Monitor.

While Flash runs through the Speed Force, Anti-Monitor attacks and SO pieces himself together with memories and tells Barry that he has to catch the remaining Paragons and SO like Pokemon and bring them together or else they will fall into the anti-matter universe and be no more. While Barry runs he bumps into the DC Movie version of The Flash (aka my favorite Flash)  and their conversation leads to movie Flash disappearing into the Speed Force. Back in the forest, Lex returns and knocks outs, Kara and Ryan, with the upgrades he got when he rewrote parts of the Book of Destiny.

Back in the Speed Force loop, Kate watches while Atom gives SO a speech about what Star City is up against and J’onn shows up as Kara and Oliver talk about keeping normalcy in their lives. Ryan and Supergirl awaken and Ryan questions his place in the whole Paragon community and Supergirl reminds him that he left humanity because he was needed. Barry finds himself in OG Oliver and Earth 38 Superman and the previous Crisis but, SO remembers and tells him that he chose to die to save him and Kara during the last Crisis and go-round with the Book of Destiny.  Flash then finds John and Sara’s sister after Sara died while Lex interrupts Nuva before he engages the quantum portal.

Lex tells the Monitor what will happen if he goes through with his plans and tries to convince him to join him, in exchange for the powers that Monitor will have so that he can use them to take down the supers. J’onn tells SO and Kara that they will become the best of friends as Kate tells SO and Atom that they will eventually trust each other which hopefully keeps them all connected enough for Barry to capture all of his Paragon-mons. Ryan and Kara show up before Monitor (Novu) and Lex make a devil’s bargain and Ryan leads Monitor away taking him to his wife where he explains to him the cost of what happens if he goes through with his plan.

Lex and Supergirl fight it out with Lex’s upgrades making him an almost even match and Ryan comes in to tell them that he got through to Novu, which would be good news, except when Flash arrives to bring them back to the rest of the Paragons, they discover that while they succeeded in one universe the other multiverses Novu’s chose to become ambition over what is right. While they settle into their inevitable defeat, SO informs them that their true mission was to hold the line while the universe is reborn at the dawn of time and that he is to be the spark that lights the flame. While the Paragon kick some Shadow Monster a** , SO has a little talk with Anti-Monitor who is serving up his best dark Thanos energy but, SO who’s enlightened and about that life, pulls the hood off of his head like Eminem in 8 mile right before his final rap and prepares to does to Anti-Monitor exactly what you’d expect a hero to do. With the Anti-Monitor and his shadow army erased, the Paragons then come together and focus on their virtues while using the last page of the book of destiny and as Sara and the Flash stand over a dying, again, Oliver they watch the start of a new beginning of the multiverse.

Recap: Crisis on Infinite Earths 3 – The Flash

Do you remember the old Birds of Prey TV show? Because I do and Crisis Part 3 starts off with Huntress running towards the tower on Earth 203 in New Gotham before taking us back to the ship of heroes on Earth 1. There we see a pretty exasperated team licking its wounds and trying to figure out what’s coming next. Monitor is not really good at pep talks but, he is really good at leaving out huge pieces of the puzzle for his version of the greater good.

Oliver’s bodyguard and friend John, is in a meeting with Sara to determine how to best bring back Oliver and rescue his wife Lila from the Anti-Monitor. He lets the assembled team of heroes in on the Anti-Monitor’s plan to replace all of the universes with one that he can control. He sends Cisco off to serve his higher purpose with his powers returned and Barry sets off with him and Killer Frost to find Choi but, they end up meeting Pariah aka Not Nash who is there to bear witness, which is never a good thing.

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Pariah tries to help his former friends but, he laments that he is now Anti-Monitor’s puppet but, Cisco is able to vibe with him to find a way in. Kara and Kate give Lex a beat down to get the instructions on using the Book of Destiny. On Earth 666 in LA, Mia, Constantine, and John go meet an old friend and we get treated to another kick-ass cameo from Lucifer himself as Lucifer to get a ticket to Purgatory to grab Oliver’s soul and with a flick of the wrist, away they go. While Mia, John, and Constantine try and work their way through Purgatory to find Oliver’s soul, Pariah, Frost, and Cisco gain access to the source of the wave and discover that the source of the wave is the Flash from Earth 90  (aka the OG OG pre-CW Flash) who is being kept on a treadmill and being used to power the anti-matter canon.

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Cisco uses his powers to get Earth 90 Flash off of the treadmill but, that is a huge mistake because Anti-Monitor built in a fail-safe where if he gets off the treadmill it’ll destroy all remaining Earths at once. While they try and find a way out of this universe ending catch 22, Pariah shows up with Black Lightning and informs him that his family is gone because his earth has been destroyed. He agrees to help by trying to contain the cannon’s energy to save the remaining Earths. After a heart to heart with Earth 90’s Flash, he realizes what the Monitor meant about him vanishing in Crisis. The two Flashes agree to run for their lives and reverse the cannons pull.

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On Earth 1 in Ivy Town Elongated Man, Atom, Iris and meet another paragon, of humanity, played by Ryan Choi (Kevin Tran from Supernatural). Back on the ship Monitor has a heart to heart with Lois that is makes him more human but, that moment is short-lived as Atom/Clark shows up distraught after a failed mission, before heading back out to try again. Kara and Batwoman almost come to blows when Kara won’t give up on trying to use the Book to fix things and Kara agrees to stand down, for now, not knowing that Batwoman is holding a kryptonite trump card in case she gets out of line.

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Back in purgatory Oliver is running around like a feral assassin and attacks Constantine until John talks him down and they bro-hug it out. In Ivy Town, Iris gets through to Ryan by talking it out parent to parent (relaying the message her Flash gave to her before he went to the alternate Earth) and he agrees to come along. With six Earths gone and only one in the present time remaining things are looking even more grim than when the Crisis began. Meanwhile, as our Barry says goodbye to his friends, prepared for the end Flash 90 steals his speed and tells him that Monitor said Flash had to die but, he never said which one. Despite Barry’s objections, Cisco lets Flash 90 do what he needs to do in order to save the world.

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In Earth 666 Corrigan shows up and tells Oliver he needs to come with him to save all worlds, much to Mia and John’s heartbreak and they return to the ship on Earth 1 and share their war stories of lost worlds, lost loves and almost all hope. Black Lightning and the Flash have a heart to heart about losing a father and having to do better for their children while quoting Dylan Thomas and telling each other their non-superhero monikers. Batwoman tracks down Kara and decides to give the Kryptonite back to Kara but, she tells her to keep it because she has the courage to believe she won’t need to use it. Iris and Flash are reunited when they bring Choi back to the ship and they somehow bring Harbinger back to the ship but, she has no memory of what happened.

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We all know how this kind of thing goes, Barry and Atom Superman put together that if Pariah was allowed to return to the ship with them then something bad is going to happen and of course it does, Harbinger proceeds to give John a beat down during their tender embrace and with glowy white eyes she announces in Anti-Monitor’s voice that it is time for the Age of Heroes to end. Monitor goes to battle with Anti-Monitor in Harbinger’s body and steals his soul giving him the power to take Earth 1 with the ship being all that remains of humanity. With 29 seconds before the anti-matter wave hits the ship Pariah sends the paragons away from the ship to the Vanishing Point and everyone else accepts their fate with a boom, knowing their fate is in good hands. Superman goes down in a fiery blast being replaced with Lex Luthor who wrote himself into the Book of Destiny.

Recap: Crisis on Infinite Earths 2 – Batwoman

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When we last saw our band of heroes, it was on some pretty depressing terms and, in keeping the mood we next see Batwoman, Kara, and Sara sharing shots in Oliver’s memory in Central City. The ladies lament over what the next steps should be just in time for Harbinger to show up as the Monitor is explaining to Atom that they’re going to need the Waverunner, more specifically his lab to save the multiverse. Harbinger lets them know they don’t need to fight because there are loads of Waverunners across loads of multiverses and she heads to Earth 74 where she meets their Rory, who is enjoying his solace and trying to get his writer on. She convinces Rory to join the fight, by offering him all the beer he can drink and of course, he’s all in.

While the Monitor explains the concept of Paragons and tells Barry that he found he has a once thought destroyed, but taken from the timeline after Oliver’s death, copy of the Book of Destiny. The seven paragons are plan B, in case all else fails and he only knows where to find four out of the seven. He names Kara, the paragon of hope, Sara, the paragon of destiny,  a second Kryptonian, the paragon of truth,  and Bat of the Future, the paragon of courage. He sends Batwoman on a quest to find the Dark Knight in Earth 99 so that she can become the paragon she is meant to be.

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While Batwoman readies for her quest the Monitor shows up with Lex Luthor causing Kara to opt-out on this whole team because it’s a bit unfair that he’s alive and billions of innocent people are dead. While Batwoman convinces Kara to come with her to find Bruce, Lex does what Lex does and steals the Book of Destiny so he can kill Superman. When Lila discovers what Lex has done, she fills Monitor in and he isn’t shocked, he says it’s a part of his plan leaving Lila speechless and worried.

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On Earth 99 Batwoman and Kara head to the manor, where Bruce is chilling with a super ripped Luke and what looks like a robotic Bruce. On another Earth Lois and Clark learn that Lex is jumping from Earth to Earth killing off Superman and back on Earth 1,  Mia, Barry, and Sara are consulting with Constantine to find an Earth with a functioning Lazarus pit to bring back Oliver.  In Earth 167 on Smallville, we see the OG Clark from Smallville and Lex shows up to kill him but, not before Lois and Earth 38, Clark shows up Iris with to warn him. But, it’s all for naught because Clark Kent gave up his powers in on that Earth so that he could raise a normal family with Lois, who is played by Smallville’s Lois, which makes it kind of good that Earth 38’s Clark was zapped away because that would have been awkward.

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Bruce is no longer a hero because, when Kate died it killed his hope and made him cower into the shadows, leaving Kate to try and get him back in the game. On another Earth, we see Clark played by Atom who was Clark in the movie-making everything super geek out worthy. Back on 99 Kara is getting the grand tour and learns that this Batman keeps trophies like a serial killer and the reason he’s in the suit is that he killed that Earth’s Superman.  Back on the Earth where Atom is Superman,  one who lost everything and the paragon they were looking for, he teams up with Earth 38’s Superman to take on Lex who uses the book to make them kill each other. While they fight it out, Iris and Lois knock Lex out and take control of the book so they can fix things but, it takes Lois pulling at his heartstrings to snap him out of it.

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On Earth 18 Mia, Constantine, and Sara find a Lazarus pit and Mia seems determined to bring Oliver back but, Jonah Hex shows up to stop them and Sara and Mia end up having to fight him off while Barry and Constantine go to retrieve Oliver.  Back on Earth 99, Bruce refuses to put on the suit and Kara shows up to warn Batwoman about the Bruce of this Earth on her super suit, which makes him pull out the kryptonite and attack her. Kate stands up to Bruce and he ends up getting electrocuted, killing him almost instantly and with his last breath, he tells her there is no hope.

Back on the ship, Ray’s machine proves that Batwoman is the paragon of courage causing her to need a drink, which Kara is happy to provide, along with one of her signature pep talks and to seal the deal, she pulls out a picture of Kate and her sister. We also learn that Kate kept a little it on Kryptonite, which may or may not be a good thing because Kara wants to use the book to bring back their Earth. Back at the Lazarus pit, Constantine can’t get past the anti-matter to bring Oliver’s soul back. And, the Anti-Monitor shows up on the ship to turn Harbinger over to the dark side.

Recap: Crisis on Infinite Earths : Part One – Supergirl

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So it begins….

Crisis on Infinite Earths” starts out explaining the Infinitube, multiverses and the age of heroes, the Champions of the Multiverse. It kicks off with a montage about the heroes coming together across multiple multiverses and a voiceover about the coming big ad, coming to end all of the worlds. If that wasn’t enough to pack into the first three minutes of episode one, we got a whole scaredy-cat dragon that Supergirl has to talk down to gilla monster size to bring home. There are earthquakes in National City, a stressed-out speed talking Brainiac and a tidy little back story on the Monitor and his previous meddling antics and the Anti-Monitor.

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While Kara and her band of do-gooders try and formulate a plan, they learn that the big bads’ trajectory is headed straight for is headed for Argo City, which means Superman, Lois and Kara’s mom are all in danger. Kara sends a hologram to Clark, Lois, and their new baby to warn them of the danger and Kara’s mom (aka OG Lois from Smallville) helps the new parents to send their bundle of joy away from the imminent destruction in the same way that he was sent to earth, leaving Kara to mourn the loss of her entire Kryptonian family.

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On another Earth, the Green Arrow is having a chat with his daughter, Mia about the end of his reign as the Green Arrow when Lila shows up to warn him that the Crisis has begun. Meanwhile, Barry Allen loses communication with his team when he is visited by Lila, who tells him the Monitor sent her to get him and she goes by Harbinger now. On another earth, Batwoman is kicking ass and taking names on her quest to find her rogue, mad as a hatter sister Alice when Harbinger snaps her up.  Atom and Sara are getting their trivia on, when they miss out on the winning question because they messed up history when Lila shows up.  Everyone (except for the Legends and the Flash)  end up back at the DOJ where they learn about the anti matter-wave sweeping across the multiverse destroying everything in its path and Earth 38 is where the Monitor wants them to fight back before every universe is destroyed. A quantum tower goes up, seemingly out of nowhere with the sole purpose of slowing the inevitable down.

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While Atom and Brainiac get nerdy with it, Lila tells the assembled team what’s at stake while Lois, Sara, and Brainiac volunteer as a tribute on a mission to find Superbaby’s missing pod, that’s on Earth 16. J’onn J’onzz goes to gather every alien he can find to fight to save Earth 38 while Alex coordinates the effort with the president to get everyone to Earth 1, and they come to the conclusion that they need Lena Luthor’s help to get everyone off the current earth. Kara tries to get Clark’s head back in the game while he feels sorry for not saving his aunt and not being on the mission to save his son. In typical Kara fashion, she gives him a pep talk and shares some of her hope with her and explains where she gets the strength to be so positive. In one of the sappier moments of the episode, she explains that as long as they keep fighting Krypton’s spirit is alive.

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The Green Arrow goes off to find Barry and leaves Mia with a fancy new female fitted Green Arrow suit, the mantle is now hers. When the OG Arrow rocking his old suit he calls out to the Monitor, who promised him that if he died, then Barry could live but, now the Monitor is changing the rules and refuses to give him a straight answer so that they are better prepared.

Alex goes to talk to Lena and lets her know what’s going on and ask for her help but, Lena doesn’t make it easy and is still refusing to accept any responsibility for her actions. She agrees to help but, not without spewing her distrust and hate of all of her former friends.  On one Earth part of the team is trying to stop the big bad and end Lila’s army and on another Sara, Lois and Brainy are trying to find baby Johnathan who is under Oliver’s protection.

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While Mia, the Green Arrow, Batwoman and Atom head in to meet (and hopefully stop) the army the Anti-Monitor has sent to take down the Quantum Tower, Supergirl, Superman and the Flash show up to help hold down the fort.  Lena & Alex try and figure out a way to open up a portal without incinerating anyone during transport and J’onn J’onzz holds a ship steady, ready and waiting to beam people out of danger. On another Earth Sara and another Oliver have a heart to heart and he learns of the happiness that he has in Sara’s Earth, Brainiac interrupts the heart to heart to let them know they need to leave or they can’t go back to the fight, leaving that world Oliver to a lonely existence where everyone he loves is dead.

Back on Earth 38, Supergirl and Superman decide to use their solar power to provide energy to the solar panels on the tower to give the people of their Earth a chance to survive and let the portal open. With every team member, Lila assembled they fight off the shadow demons to give them time to escape which seems noble except, that wasn’t part of the Monitor’s plan and he starts zapping them to another Earth to be ready for the next fight, all except for Oliver who attacks the Monitor rendering him helpless for bit so that he can continue shooting his arrows at the Shadow Monsters to allow more people time to escape but, in the process after saving over a billion people he is mortally wounded.

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The Monitor brings him to Star City in Earth 1 so that the rest of his friends can say goodbye. As he dies, Nash shows up and explains that he let the Anti-Monitor out and Oliver says his farewell to Mia, telling her to find her mother and tell her he loves her. He also tells Kara and Barry that they are his friends and he died so that they could live and fight. As the episode comes to a close, Nash announces that the multiverse is doomed.

Recap: DC’S Legend’s of Tomorrow S4E16 – “Hey, World!”

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The season finale of DC’s Legends Hey, World! starts off with all the rescued magical creatures that were being held captive by the Time Bureau roaming free on the Wave Rider. Nora in full fairy godmother regalia is roaming hell trying to rescue a tortured Constantine while Charlie is forced to let a monster loose during a Senate hearing to boost Neron’s app downloads and, grade school aged Zari is living her best, bully-free life as the proud owner of a baby dragon.

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Thanks to a newly rescued Charlie the team learns that Neron has changed his end game and plans on using human fear, instead of the apps collected from his soul-sucking app to break his army out of hell. In an attempt to usurp Neron’s power grab and get back Atom’s soul Constantine and Nora seek out the one that got away and gets her to join forces with them to take Neron down.

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While Gary helps Mona take care of the ravenous magical creature the rest of the team tries to figure out a way to defeat fear itself. Kid Zari’s dragon video starts getting more hits on the internet than the fearmongering does give the team the idea of bringing Heyworld to life. Astrid uses Constantine as a way to break out Roy’s soul coin so they can save him and Astrid uses the chance to rob the vault of all the soul coins she can carry. While running simulations Gideon discovers that if they build Heyworld, Zari’s parent survive and she never becomes a Legend and she gets her family back while Sara figures out a way that she doesn’t get separated from the Legends or Nate. Constantine and Nora show up to collect Ray but, since he’s such a ray of sunshine, he has managed to make friends with his torturer, and former nemesis, and has been playing giant Jenga and living his best fun-filled life in the pits of hell.

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As part of the marketing plan, half of the  Legends dress up as other DC heroes for a commercial to get people to come to Heyworld , Charlie and Nora try and rally the ships current monster residents to come out and help by showing the more “human” aspects of themselves. With Ray’s soul coin collected and Constantine free they return with Nora to the ship and fill Sara and Nate in on a plan B to get Ray back that would have grave consequences for Nate. Using Rory’s magical book,  Nate and Zari have a touching moment before bringing Heyworld to life.

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With Heyworld open, and people showing up in their superhero finest, the bait, and switch of magical beings for superheroes. Their stage show gets a little violent when a dragon shows up on Nero’s orders to stop the show. A fight breaks out between Sara and the with formerly known as the fairy godmother and when the dragon sets up to kill Sara, little  Zari shows up and commands him to dance and when Tabitha tries to attack her the dragon decides Neron’s love is a tasty snack. Neron in retaliation opens up the portal and releases his hordes. In an effort to save the team and the world, Nate and Constantine switch bodies so when Neron kills Nate in his Constantine suit, the deal becomes null and void and while Nate is dead, Ray’s soul coin is allowed to be put back in his body. Zari, forgoing staying with the team leaves the temporal zone to be with her love as he dies and ghost Nate watches from the rafters with his dad where they have a beautiful heart to heart leading to a beautiful sing along between the Legends and some of the magical creatures, endearing them to the humans and dissipating the fear. Using a sing-along, holding hands, some Tinkerbell-esque magic and Tabitha’s staff Nate’s soul is returned to his body but, the price is losing Zari who couldn’t stay away and let him die. In return Zari’s brother is now in Zari’s place and they have no memory of ZAri being a team member. Astrid turn in her coins and soul breaks a pocket full of some of the worst of the worst from history giving us some hope for a super dark but, hella interesting and fun season five and I for one can’t wait to see where this all leads.

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I found myself nervous for the magical creatures when faced with the prejudice of humans, I also had a glimmer of hope for a cute little crossover but, I am happy to report that I was more than a little ecstatic about how things turned out, even without the superhero assist.  It was well written, beautifully acted, and a wonderful end to one of my favorite seasons of Legends. The show has a tendency to take things to the absurd but, they do it in such a way it’s almost believable making Legends one of my favorite shows on the CW line up right now. I can’t wait until the fall to see more of my favorite band of anti-hero misfits, especially knowing that Mary Tudor and Charlie Manson might be making an appearance.

For what this episode was and what it set up, I give this season-ending episode a hard 9.7

Recap: Supergirl S4E22 – “The Quest for Peace”

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Supergirl‘s season 4 finale “The Quest for Peace” starts off 24 hours before the death of Red Daughter showing us the aftermath of Kryptoclone Supergirl coming face to face with Kara. The show jumps to the 6-hour mark where we see Lex and Eve experimenting on aliens, the hour mark where Lex meets with the president, and then the pivotal moment where find out what happened to Red Daughter. Once again the first 10 minutes of the show called SUPERGIRL is devoid of Supergirl and focusing on a male sub character, in this case, Lex Luthor.

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, after the first commercial break, we finally get to see a whole 2 minutes of Supergirl, figuring out a plan with her big sis Alex before we jump back to Lex, doing yet another experiment on Red Daughter. We then jump to Ben Lockwood who has captured the Eve clone and find out the fates of J’onn J’onzz and Dreamer in the Lex Luthor work camp for aliens. Luckily the duo runs into some of the aliens who Dreamer helped save in the last episode and they are more than willing to give them a diversion. Kara and Alex meet up with Lena and Brainiac and decide to release all the info that she and Lena collected on their overseas jaunt. While they think of what to do next, Lena is summoned to the Oval Office to meet big bro and mom for a creepy family reunion.

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Lex in true supervillain form decides to monologue his evil and capitalistic plan that as his mom points out, sounds very Hitleresque. After Eve realizes that he plans to use his alien powered satellite to destroy Argo and kill Superman, she takes a stand and asks for an aside, only to discover exactly where she stands with Lex. Back at the facility Dreamer and J’onn use a fight to figure out how to take the facilities power killer down, so she can project and give her location and using breath on the window she writes the location of the facility and the team heads out to rescue them. While Lex gloating about how much smarter than everyone else that he is, ara’s story goes live and is instantly sent to everyone. When the team arrives at the island of Dr. Luthor, Brainiac discovers that Lex plans to destroy Argo with his new weapon and takes off to hack the system leaving everyone else to deal with Lockwood and his lackeys who literally come out of the woodwork (woods) to call out Supergirl because haters are gonna hate even if they don’t have a reason.

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Jimmy, Alex, and Supergirl get to work taking down the Lockwood Lackies while Brainiac tries to figure out a way to take down Lex’s Argo killer. Lex takes off to see why his alien powered kill machine isn’t working leaving Eve to guard Lena and Mommy Dearest. Lena being the badass that she is easily disarmed Eve and Lex arrives raining down green fire on Supergirl, Alex and Jimmy who in the middle of a side effect fueled nose bleed.

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Lex is surprised to see Supergirl still alive and the two of them have at it and when Lex thinks he has the upper hand because of his green Kryptopowered gauntlets but, thanks to Lena,  Supergirl has a suit and some slick acrobatics to protect her. Alex and Jimmy keep fighting to take down alien powred Lockwood their tag team efforts leave him down for the count. J’onn and Dreamer take out the satellites power source with the return of Brainiac who finally telling Dreamer her loves her and they manage to rescue all of the aliens, including  Red Daughter who takes a mega blast of Kryptonite to save OG Supergirl and her death allows her to suck up some of Red  Daughters superpowered chi and defeat Lex who chooses to die rather than be saved by a Kryptonian. But, he doesn’t die, he just falls to earth, back into his lab where Lena cures him of his superpowers and Lena realizing that the world will never be safe with Lex around, decides to shoot him and with Lex’s dying breath he tells him that Kara is really Supergirl and makes it appear that everyone she loves doesn’t love her back.

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To wrap up the episode, the president is impeached, Dreamer and Kara are back to work at Catco with a now one-eyed Jimmy. The Alien Amnesty act is reinstated and Supergirl gets thanked for her service which brings a smile to her face. We also get the thing we had been rooting for since Jimmy’s sister showed up, her and Alex decide to give it a go and when Alex kisses her while she’s explaining how she feels and we all cheered. Lena shows up to game night with the secret on her conscience and Kara and Alex decide to wait yet another day before telling her the truth. Lockwoods son becomes a crusader for alien coexistence and Dreamer covers the story while Supergirl gives a knowing smile from the sky. In an effort to tie up all the loose ends we find out that Leviathan was pulling the strings and he’s the reason Eve was working for Lex but, now she can’t escape them.

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Overall, the season finale was surprisingly good even if it was only 50% Supergirl featuring. Considering the abysmal amount of screen time that the title character got this season it was a start to heading in the right direction. The writing was pretty good, the directing was flawless, the cinematography relayed the tone of every scene perfectly and the episode was entertaining to watch. They managed to fit a lot into the hour,  wrapped every major storyline up and give us something to look forward to in season five. I hope that this return to being mostly Supergirl focused writing I saw in this episode continues in Season 5 because, while I love the other characters, I still think it should be about them in relation to her and not the other way around.

I give this episode a solid 8.9

Recap: Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger S2E4 Rabbit Hold

The first few minutes of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger‘s fourth episode “Rabbit Hold” are super intense with Mayhem vanishing into dark air, Tandy learning about a bonus “power” that Tyrone has and tries to help him figure out how to trigger it, while one of the snatched traffickers recognizes Ty’s mugshot and calls it in to his crew, and OG O’Reilly learns more about the crappy side of the NOLA PD. Tandy figures out to trigger Ty’s smoky dark side and uses it to find and hopefully pull out Mayhem and if possible Connor’s, the one man who can clear Ty’s name and give him his life back. While Tandy is deep fear diving for Tweedle Bad Guy and Tweedle Bad Ass, Ty gets a call from O’Reilly telling him the drug dealing traffickers might be headed to his parents’ house to get him.

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Tandy encounters a tiny Not Pre-Teen Tyrone and tries to see if he can help her find Mayhem, he also tells her how to get out with a little apprehension about her taking Mayhem with her and, sends her on her way weaponless. Ty heads to his parents’ to save his mom but, since Tandy is in his darkness he can’t shift, so he has to get away from the bad guys the old fashioned way, with his mom hotwiring a car and driving away. In the void, Tandy follows Mayhems’ blood trail and tries to convince her to come with her to no avail. Back in the real world, O’Reilly goes to help Ty’s mom but arrive at an empty house, except for a lone patrolman responding to an alarm while Tandy and Mayhem arrive at a hall of mirrors and wax philosophical about who they really are.

Ty and his mom have a similar “Who am I?” chat while trying to evade the police and the drug/trafficking crew on their tail and in the darkness Mayhem and Tandy run across the hovel of a hiding , scarred and scared Connors’.  Ty brings his mom to an unused coven to hide out for a while and, Mayhem tries to use feminism to get Tandy to turn on Ty.  In a clever piece of storytelling, Ty tells his mom of the New Orleans legend of the Casket Girls is seamlessly interwoven with Mayhem and Tandy talking about the missing girls, who seem to be cataloged in the record shop they ran across in the darkness.

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Ty and his mom find their safe space broken when they are held at gunpoint by a lone young gang member,  Ty’s mom distracts him by talking to him and Ty takes his gun, just in time for an SUV of his fellow gang members, fully armed shows up outside the window. Tandy is stuck in her own personal hell as she discovers that playing the records in the shop that pertain to her only bring up bad memories and, nothing useful to help her get out until.  Tyrone thinks smart and calls O’Reilly who brings in the cavalry and gets him mother out safely under the guise of his surrender while Tandy smashes records in the catalog vinyl shop of missing and lost girls. Mayhem comes across Connors’ and assaults him before trying to hang him, Tandy catches her and a fight ensues, she saves him and they get kicked out of the void just in time to allow Tyrone to get his powers back and escape. Unfortunately, because of the timing  Connors’ escapes into the wild of New Orleans and he knows where Tandy and Ty are hiding.

Amanda Row brilliantly directed this intense episode and while there wasn’t a whole lot of action but, there was a whole lot of storytelling and layers.  The story managed to maintain intensity and suspense using nothing more than words and visuals and it was beautiful to watch. The use of shadows and light that showcase the symmetry between what is happening with Tandy and what is happening with Ty is brilliant and adds a lot to the episode.

Overall, I give this episode a solid 8.8 as it served its purpose as a placeholder episode to propel the story along but, it also managed to maintain the momentum that the previous episodes created and served to engage the audience into the world of Tandy and Ty in New Orleans making us fall more in love with the story and the characters.

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